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7 Secrets How Great People Build Powerful Confidence

7 Secrets How Great People Build Powerful Confidence

Want to learn how great people build unshakable confidence? If this is what you are looking for, this is the right article for you. Having strong confidence is one of the fundamental steps to achieving outstanding success. Without confidence, you will never produce the great results you want. And here are seven secrets how great people build powerful confidence…

1. They believe in themselves

Successful people always trust themselves. They believe they can do it and they are right. Even when things get out of hand, they trust in their ability that they can turn it around. You have to remember this all the time. You are special and you are unique. There is only one you in this universe. Nobody can talk like you do, breathe like you and think like you.

You have your own unique ability to create the success you want. When you truly believe in yourself, you will have the inner confidence within you. It is more important to think and learn about what you want to create in the future instead of spending time thinking about what others are thinking about you.

There are no two similar fingerprints in this world. You are who you are and when you tap into your personal potential, nothing can stop you. So believe in yourself that you are capable to do it.

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2. They dress like professionals

Great people always dress professionally because they know the first impression gives the most impact and leaving a good first impression makes the battle half won. This is especially true if you are in the service line or in the sales industry in which you have to meet with a lot of strangers. Can you imagine if someone approaches you, wearing a slipper, a short pant and trying to sell you jewelry, would you believe the jewelry he sells is original?

When you dress like a professional, you will feel more confidence. You will feel people are impressed by the way you look and they tend to listen to you. It is said you will feel more powerful in the way you talk, walk and the way you do things. If you dress like a professional it can improve your confidence level, it is always worth it to buy yourself some great clothes.

3. They always give back

Why do you think rich and successful people donate and help others? It is because they are confident and they are grateful with what they have. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are two of the richest men in the world, and they also donate the most money to the charity.

When you donate and contribute to society, you feel you have more than enough. You will think from the abundant mindset instead of the insufficient frame of mind. When you have more than enough, it is when you will feel confident in giving to others.

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This is why donating and giving back to society can boost your internal confidence. When you give back, you know you are making the world a better place. You don’t have to start from donating money; a small act of kindness can brighten up your day and make you feel good. Just start small and always be ready to serve. It is said the secret in living is in giving.

4. They own luxury items

This may be contradictory to what you have learned. However, one of the ways successful people boost their confidence level is by buying luxury items such as cars, watches and big houses. It is not to show off or to boast, but they want to satisfy their inner need and telling themselves they deserve it.

Look at Donald Trump and Muhammad Ali, both of them think they are the greatest. They think they are number one and they deserve luxury items in life. What would you do if you had ten million in the bank right now? Don’t tell me you won’t change cars or move into a bigger house, because I simply won’t believe it.

It is alright to own these expensive “toys,” as long as you earned them yourself, you will feel great and hold sense of accomplishment that you are there.

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5. They fake it

I have read and seen this over and over again, how do people transform from rags to riches? They fake it until they make it. Your mind cannot differentiate between what is real and what is fake. As long as you program it, your mind will follow through and believe you have what it takes.

Just like if you consistently think you are lousy and useless, over the long term, you will become what you think about. Conversely, if you think you are capable to do it and you have the ability, your mind will eventually find a way to do it. This is one of the most powerful tools you can use to build strong confidence within you.

Talk faster, walk with confidence, sit straight and act like you are a successful person. You will become what you think about most of the time.

6. They compliment others

This is another easy-to-implement technique, but many people do not do it. Compliments are free to give and you don’t have to wait until people do something perfectly to compliment them. Think about it, when you go into the office, and the first thing you get is a colleague’s compliment on your dress or your new hairstyle, how would you feel?

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Your day will be smooth and you will feel great about it. This is what you need to do as well. When you compliment others, you will feel great yourself. When you compliment others, you tend to see things from the positive side instead of the negative side. It somehow makes you feel good because you see good things in people and in your surroundings, which makes you feel more worthy of the same.

Therefore, from now on, try to compliment others. Remember, don’t do it for the sake of it. You do it because you really think so and you want to praise others from the bottom of your heart. If your praise is fake, people can sense it and it will backfire. To learn more about how to compliment others, read 6 Tricks to Giving A Good Compliment.

7. They always prepare themselves and face fears

What do great people do that make them successful as opposed to those living an ordinary life? They are always preparing for their future and they dare to face their fears. Successful people envision their future. They imagine how they are going through their day and how they are going to close the big sale tomorrow. They visualize how their life is going to be and how they want to live their life. They are always ready for it. This is why they are so confident with what they do, because they are ready for it.

In order to venture into the new world, you must dare to lose sight of the shore. Great people are always ready to venture into something new. They dare to change and more importantly, they dare to face their fears. You have to face it, everyone is afraid of something. Most people are afraid to lose their job because they have a high commitment. Well, successful people think the same, but they dare to face their fear. They know very well if they do not face their fears, they will never change and they will never get what they envision.

These are the seven secrets how great people build powerful confidence within. Learn these secrets and apply them into your life, right now.

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Published on September 17, 2018

17 Ways to Ace Your Next Phone Interview And Land the Job You Deserve

17 Ways to Ace Your Next Phone Interview And Land the Job You Deserve

There is one thing standing in the way of you and the job of your dreams: a phone interview. The screening interview is an opportunity for companies to narrow the list of presumably qualified applicants and determine who merits a closer look.

So many candidates exclude themselves from the phone interview by being unprepared or by failing to take this screening session seriously. A phone interview should not block you from living the life you have always imagined.

Here are 17 tips to help you ace your next one:

1. Clear the deck.

If you are reading this blog, you are likely busier than you would prefer or even imagine. Even when you schedule or accept phone interviews, they are likely sandwiched between meetings.

To show up fully present, energized and engaged, I recommend you clear the deck and give yourself at least an hour of uninterrupted time before and 30 minutes following the interview.

You can use the time to mentally prepare, develop a list of questions, rehearse answers to likely questions and ensure you are comfortable and ready for the interview.

2. Look the part.

It is no secret that we perform better when we look and feel the part. If you have a phone interview, dress up for the interview, if dressing up is comfortable and allows you to put your best foot forward.

Even though you will likely do the interview from home or a private location, be sure you are dressed professionally. This will allow you to be fully engaged and present.

In the event, the interviewer asks to connect with you via Zoom, Google Hangout or Skype, you will be prepared.

3. Resend your resume and cover letter prior to the call.

As a courtesy, resend your resume and cover letter prior to your screening interview. You never know if the person interviewing you has had a busy day or if a schedule change forced him or her to work from home rather than the office where the individual has access to their files.

There have been many times in my career where a last-minute change or a mix-up with support staff has left me scrambling at the last minute to find a candidate’s resume. It is quite embarrassing to misplace a resume and ask the interviewee to resubmit it.

You can save the interviewer the trouble and earn extra points by resending both documents in advance of your call. A simple message will suffice, such as “I am looking forward to speaking with you in an hour, and I am resending my resume to ensure it is at the top of your inbox.”

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4. Research the interviewer.

Once your interview is scheduled, be sure to research the person facilitating it.

You will want to Google the person and check their social media accounts. When you research the interviewer, try to get a sense of the individual’s personal and professional interests.

Once you identify those interests, acknowledge them in the interview, but do not dwell on them, because you do not want to make the interviewer uncomfortable. Follow his or her lead. If the interviewer indulges your questions or comments, by all means, continue the conversation.

I am always impressed when someone I am meeting with takes the opportunity to learn something about me ahead of time. This projects interest, which is important in my line of work.

5. Research the company.

In addition to researching the interviewer, be sure to research the company.

Ask people in your network if they know anyone who works or has worked for the organization in question. Conduct a Google search on the company, and be mindful to look beyond the first page of the search query.

If there are yelp reviews on the company, be careful to review those and look for trends as well as how recent the reviews were posted. While more recent reviews are obviously cause for pause, older reviews – depending on their nature – could be problematic as well.

6. Check the staff listing or “About Us” section of the company’s website.

Part of your research into a company is assessing whether you know staff or board members who are connected with the company.

Most organizations list their staff or board members in the “About Us” or “Our Team” section of the website. Prior to a phone interview, check these sections to determine whether you know someone who works for the company. If you do, reach out to that person to request a phone interview to learn more about the company.

7. Remember interviewing is a two-way street.

As much as the company representative wants to learn about you as the interviewee, you will want to learn about the organization.

Try to ferret out information on the company, the job for which you are applying as well as the manager to whom you would report. You will also want to ask questions to assess the interview process.

Additionally, because culture is important and will permit or slow your ability to do your job, ask questions to assess company culture, such as “What do your employees say they like most about working for your organization?” “What do employees say they like least?” “What do you do to create and maintain a healthy workplace culture?”

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8. Develop questions prior to the interview.

Prior to your interview, develop a list of questions about the company, the position for which you are applying, growth opportunities in the company, the ideal candidate for the position, and so forth. This will save you the trouble of thinking of questions on the spot during the interview.

I have found that once I become nervous, it is a lot harder to come up with questions on the spot, and interviews can be anxiety-producing without preparation.

9. Stand during the interview.

I train leaders and, incidentally, graduate students to become spokespersons.

I recommend that they stand during media interviews. I find that it helps the person speaking to project better, and it reduces the urge to get too comfortable in an interview setting and say something that could be too informal.

Similarly, I recommend interviewees stand for at least a portion of their phone interview.

10. Allow the interviewer to talk.

While it is essential you ask questions during an interview, you should not dominate the conversation.

Most people love talking about themselves and the company they represent, and it is your job as the interviewee to walk a fine line between allowing the interviewer to talk and interspersing questions when and where appropriate.

I am not suggesting you remain silent – you want the interviewer to learn about you; but you should ensure that the interviewer has ample opportunity to do what most people do best: talk about themselves and their work.

11. Refrain from multitasking.

We all live hurried lives, and most of us have to-do lists that are impossible to complete.

When we have multiple due dates and obligations, it is typical to want to avail oneself of every seemingly free moment of time.

When conducting or participating in a phone interview, be as present as possible. This means refraining from multitasking, which could mean responding to emails, text messages or social media messages. It could mean researching the company during the interview.

Whatever multitasking means for you, simply do not do it, especially during a screening interview.

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12. Conduct the phone interview in a place where there is minimal noise.

A common thread throughout this post has been that most of us live busy lives. So, it is natural to be on the go.

If you have the luxury of conducting a phone interview from home or a private office where there is minimal noise, do so. You may also rent a co-working space or ask a friend if you can borrow his or her office.

Whatever you do, select a place where there is minimal noise and distraction. The person interviewing you should not have to strain to hear what you are saying or compete with ambient noises.

When I am interviewing a candidate and competing with background noise, I grow frustrated and my focus can shift from getting to know the person to silencing the noise. Do not force your interviewer to choose.

13. Be punctual.

Do not leave the interviewer waiting. This is both rude and unprofessional, and it may count against you.

If you are able to follow my earlier advice and not schedule meetings within an hour of your phone interview, you should have no time being prompt for your discussion.

If you foresee that you will be late, be sure to give the interviewer a heads-up at least 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the call.

14. Focus on how you can and will help.

Let’s face it: people are naturally self-interested.

When you walk into an interview focused on what you can bring and how you can solve a hiring manager’s problems, you will set yourself and your candidacy apart.

Think about the challenges you could potentially solve and then share how your joining the team will benefit the company, not just you.

15. Take the interview seriously.

Do not assume you will have an opportunity to meet face to face with company representatives. Do not discount the weight that may be placed on phone interviews.

I once applied for a position on the East Coast while living on the West Coast. While my first interview was face to face, my interview with one senior leader was over the phone. I walked into the interview thinking it would be less intense than it was.

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From the moment the leader got on the phone with me, I was on my toes. I had to quickly recalibrate to handle the intensity of the questions lobbed on me.

To this day, more than six years later, that phone interview remains one of the most difficult interviews I have ever had. Fortunately for me, I was offered the job, but the experience still stands out as a learning lesson.

16. Send a thank-you note.

Kindness is underrated. We live in a society where most people are overscheduled and overbooked.

When faced with intense pressure, it can be easy to underestimate the role of kindness. But when someone shares a portion of the day with you by granting you an interview, you owe it to that individual and to yourself to send a thank-you note following the interview.

The note can be via email, a standard letter or a card. So few people do this that those who do stand out.

Become an individual who remembers this gesture of kindness and professional courtesy.

17. Be positive.

Energy really is contagious. If you don’t believe me, consider locking yourself in a room for one hour with people are upset. By the time you leave the room, you will be upset right along with them. It is natural to mirror the other person even if you do not realize you are doing it.

During your next phone interview, mirror positivity, both about the position, the company and most importantly, your skill sets. The interviewer will pick up on your energy and positivity and that will reflect favorably.

I cannot tell you how many times I have interviewed candidates who communicated no excitement or enthusiasm. Getting through the interview was difficult, not to mention, I kept thinking about what it would be like to work with the person daily.

Being positive not only helps you feel better, it helps the person interviewing you as well.

If you have read this list and want to add other tips, please tweet the link to this article and include the point you believe I missed. Use the hashtag #AceIt when you reach out.

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